Traveling is always one of the best ways to relax. Luckily, I’ve got 9 days off on Chinese National day this year (and it’s a paid holiday $$). I am the type of person that will book tickets and hotels ahead, but leave the rest on the departure day to decide. Xiamen (Amoy) was the top 1 place on my list, which is surround by the beach and warmer breeze. Who doesn’t like taking a nap, while basking in the sunshine!

Ten-Thousand Rocks Botanical Garden is a must- go in Xiamen, where you should spend at least 3 hours since it covers a wild range of plants/flowers(over 7,000). It was built on the mountain since 1960, and unlike the other botanical gardens, this one offers over 15 specified planets gardens. I highly recommend psammophyte and rainforest areas. As they are interesting, and perfect for photo shooting!!! Pasammophyte was full of cactus, in different sizes and shapes. Most of the cactus were in flower so that the desert was a riot of color.

I like how my blue dress & red straw hat created a contrast with the green background! Oh, need to mention, the temperature inside the facility was pretty high. Can you image that I was sweating, and half of my back turned wet just after few minutes! Tips: 1) better not come in the hot summer to avoid sunstroke, but if you have to, please make sure you wear sunscreen and under protection,  2) it is free of charge if you decide to come before 7 am, which is perfect for those morning birds (definitely not me)!

“Even if you were a cactus, I’d endure all the pain just to hug you”

Definitely gonna come back to this fabulous city! Can’t take my eyes off in the night market: a huge collection of seafood, fresh fruits juice, and fancy local shops. The street is bustling with noise and excitement, yet everything is at a fair price. 

Happy Reading & Let me know where is your next destination!

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Yico

Here you go my first outfit post in 2 months. Sorry for the delay, because I focused too much on coffee and brunch in the past weeks which was easy to record. The month of July is like a new adventure to me, as I had my first business trip to Shenzhen (a city near Hong Kong) for a private dinner to represent the brand that I am working for. Getting familiar with this company allows me to apply multi-tasking skills in this position. Even though my tasks doubled than the beginning, so far everything is still under control. Juggling from my day job to finishing my duties and trying out new places to run this blog. It is definitely stressful to compete with time.Proud of myself managing to publish this on time, I feel much more accomplishments than I was in school.

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Taobao, one attractive reason for getting back to China. Similar to EBay, but with more features such as grocery store within 24 hours delivery, online stores for well-known brands, a platform for local designers to sell their works as well. To conclude Taobao in one sentence: there is nothing you cannot buy from it! Of course, I will take this advantage while I am in China, say NO to long waiting period and huge amount of shipping fee. From my previous experience, it’s unbelievable  to say that 99.99% of the time, the shipping costs (to overseas/Canada) more than the certain products.

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Thus, I’d like to share some items I bought from Taobao with you. I may do a Taobao Haul later if you guys are interested in this topic. In today’s look, my shoes, dress and necklace are all from Taobao. The material of this dress is linen, which gives an effortless look. Red can brighten skin tone, especially this wine color is very elegant. Simple cutting, with a split on the right side adds some fun to the dress. I matched it with creamy granny style heels because they are both minimalist style. What surprised me the most is the high quality of the shoes. Super soft,  at only $30, this well-made pair is a steal!

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Last but not least, my Gucci bag is my birthday gift (My mom is da best!!!) I never thought I’d buy from Gucci because I was not a fan in its previous collections at all. However, Gucci changed, and it’s a huge turning point for the brand, meeting the new creative director- Alessandra Michele. He is an artist. I fell in love with Gucci, especially the Dionysus series. New collections are gorgeous. They paid more attention to the design, and added a great number of feminine elements. Rather than their traditional way, a full logo bag, Dionysus series only put symbolic tiger head on the bag and left the bag ‘free’. I chose this black suede bag because it can be worn in formal occasions but still be stylish for casual looks. However, I noticed that I have so many black bags… Hmm I guess it’s the time for a change! The size is perfect to put my wallet, phone, plus it even made areas for cards. The sliding chain strap can be worn multiple ways, changing between a shoulder and a top handle bag. You can pull the chain to the longest length to make it a cross-body bag, or do it like the way I did as a shoulder bag, and even hide the chain into the bag and wear it as a clutch bag.

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Play with it, and love it!

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Yico


→ What I’m wearing ←

Dress: Taobao

Bag: Gucci

Necklace: Taobao

Heels: Taobao

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My life in Shanghai is pretty simple, work from Monday to Friday, and hang out with friends on weekends. We usually go brunch/coffee, and exhibition or gallery. Hmm, I realized that I have not upload outfits post for so long, I gonna do one this weekend, so stay tuned!  I am planning to travel to Korea in late September or October as my best friend just got accepted to a university.  Super excited to buy their cosmetics !!!

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Earlier in May, I went to an exhibition at Long Museum @ West Bund. It called “Nothingness is nothing at all” by Olafur Eliasson.  When my friend told me about this, I was like the name is so cool and bought the tickets online intermediatly (first impression wins! The fact is that I was right, the whole exhibition was way beyond brilliant.

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Olafur Eliasson, is the sculptor of light and space. He is talented at capturing light, and is able to match with the space. The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of his work has built Olafur Eliasson’s reputation as one of the world’s most accessible creators of contemporary art. It’s unbelievable to see how light moved, connected, separated and finally disappeared.To me, I felt like I was in outer space. However, the concept is trying to tell you, everything can be unreal, but art is always real.

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Currently, his (new) installations are at Chateau de Versailles in France.
“His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. ” Yes, I totally agree with this, art means for turning thinking into doing. It was my honor to get this opportunity to see his works.
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Yico

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Hello lovelies! Since I will be in Shanghai for the next six months, I’m going to make a detailed “to do list” in case you are planning to visit here. I personally feel like there is not much differences between Shanghai and Toronto as I still can easily find a cozy coffee shop or fancy brunch places to spend my day. During the weekends, most of the time I will go to some exhibitions or museums. Shanghai is extremely modern and artistic. You gonna fall in love with this city!
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The Magda Danysz Gallery is hosting Charles Pétillon‘s first solo show in Shanghai till June 20. You might not be familiar with this French artist, but you may saw or heard his installation inside London’s Covent Garden with 100,000 balloons last year. It was a pity that I did not get a chance to see it while I was in London that time, so I’m way beyond excited when I found out he comes back with his gorgeous series of photographs “Invasions”, and a brand new installation.

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The show totally blew my mind, and I never thought such beautiful artwork could be built by using a very simple element. (That’s why I am not an artist then). Charles is also good at choosing locations to install his artworks. It was the icing on the cake that he captured them under the help of nature or lights.
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Yes and No: My hair is damaged because I keep changing different styles(probably 5 in 3 months), so I got a haircut, and it’s super short. For now, I have to wait it to grow longer. Granny grey is the next colour ( Just saying haha
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Yico

Hello lovelies, this week is a throw back series to my last trip at New York City. It was my third time visiting there, the main difference was that I slowed down to observe things, and had some special feelings rather than being a busy tourist who only focuses on sightseeing. So, I had A LOT to share with you from my perspectives of NYC!

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I saw love at Top of the Rock from two couples in different ages. Especially this gentleman was trying to use his phone camera to capture his wife in the spotlight. Obviously, it’s difficult for him as the flash was too quick so he was unable to catch it, but he kept shooting only because he wants his wife to be happy.

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I saw this near Brooklyn Bridge, and it made my day. A huge family: one man and seven dogs…Life Goal

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I saw myself: hanging out (brunch) with friends, taking countless pictures, editing and posting them on social medias… Recently I started to wonder the purpose of doing so, why do I even care about others, and how much efforts those bloggers put in in order to run their platforms. Sometimes, I get really tired of putting all my effort into these, but the blog is still a great way to express myself, and am still searching for a way to make our site even a better one. People always change, you never know.

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I saw the power of the time. I took this at Chinatown, and I first wanted to capture the background when people were passing by. However, it turned out to be one of my favourite shots because it reflects two generations. We only live once, we all will be old, so be free and be wild to enjoy our life.

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I saw friendship. I was buying a ferry ticket and saw these 5 grannies eating their ice cream in a windy night. When the ferry was coming, one of them even said to the rest, “attention, ladies!” I mean, how cute are they? I am gonna be a cool lady/kid and still eat ice cream no matter what, even when I get older.

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I saw responsibility. Even though it was cold, I can sit inside to have the view from the Empire States Building, but he had to stand outside since it’s his job. If he does not follow, he’s gonna lose it. I even saw there was a person worked in the elevator at a big metro station. He only had a small fan with him, and the only thing he needed to do was to press number for others; he only got the chance to have fresh air when the door was open for maybe 3 seconds and closed, he had to repeat the same steps everyday. I felt really bad and was so surprised when I saw this. NYC is a dream place for everyone, but there are thousands of people working/fighting really hard to stay there. We have to respect them!

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The people in these pictures are all strangers, and they are the Humans of New York. Hope you enjoyed this post, and hopefully I’ll get more chances to record and share my thoughts and feelings in the future.

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Yico